28 Feb '17, 7am

Trump commerce chief confirmed despite questions on Russian ties - Yahoo News

Trump commerce chief confirmed despite questions on Russian ties - Yahoo News

Wilbur Ross sailed through Senate confirmation to become the new commerce secretary, despite tough questions about his possible ties with Russian oligarchs through his position on the board of the Bank of Cyprus. Several Democrats gave their support, for a total of 72 of 100 senators casting their votes for the 79-year-old billionaire who specializes in troubled businesses and is now tasked with implementing Trump's promises to return industrial jobs to the United States. A total of 21 Democrats voted for him. Ross, who succeeds another billionaire, Penny Pritzker, will now also coordinate US commerce policies with the US trade representative, a post for which Trump has nominated Robert Lighthizer, who awaits Senate confirmation. Democrats' questions of Ross's ties with Russia come at a time when Trump is defending his administration's relations with Moscow, following leak...

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